August 26, 2012
If you think your job stinks, you’re not alone. And if you’re still looking for a decent job, don’t expect to find one anytime soon, or ever.
A new analysis of job quality, assessing various measures of benefits and wages, confirms what many of us already suspected: Good jobs are vanishing from the United States, with global trade and social disinvestment leaving workers stranded on a barren economic [...]
Here is a link to an interesting link about certain aspects of Real Estate in China.
“SHANGHAI, China — It can take two or three hours to drive from bustling Shanghai to the sleepy streets of Thames Town, a new housing development built in the style of an English village complete with quaint pubs, red telephone boxes and statues of Harry Potter and James Bond. There’s even an Anglican Church, though [...]
Peter Schiff, Euro Pacific Capital
The media is now fixated on an apparently new feature dominating the economic landscape: a “fiscal cliff” from which the United States will fall in January 2013. They see the danger arising from the simultaneous implementation of the $2 trillion in automatic spending cuts (spread over 10 years) agreed to in last year’s debt ceiling vote and the expiration of the Bush era tax cuts. The economists to whom most [...]
by Phoenix Capital Research
The coming years will be marked by a seismic change in the economic landscape in the US. Firstly and most importantly, we are going to see economic growth slow down dramatically. Jeremy Grantham, an asset manager I respect, believes we’ll see global growth at 2% over the next seven years. Personally I believe it could be even lower than that.
The reasons for this slow down are myriad but [...]
January 4, 2012
When it comes to business cycles, the former rules no longer seem to apply. The seminal events that changed the economic landscape after the 2008 financial crash still points to an uncertain future and marginal recovery. If you watch CNBC or Bloomberg business news, you hear that a modest recovery is in place. Accepting this kind of reporting may temporarily make you feel better, but in the [...]
Published: Tuesday, 27 Sep 2011 | 10:08 AM ET Text Size
By: Michael Cooper
The New York Times
When the unemployment rate rose in most states last month, it underscored the extent to which the deep recession, the anemic recovery and the lingering crisis of joblessness are beginning to reshape the nation’s economic map.
The once-booming South, which entered the recession with the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, is [...]
by Jan Paul
It is quite possible the dollar bubble has run its course. It has been propped up for 40 years (often the lifespan of a fiat currency from what I have read). Now, the world appears to be moving away from it, our government is devaluing it, and we can’t service our debt if interest rates return to normal.
Gold may not go up in value but, to the dollar, [...]
Part of the drop in VIX is the how options are traded. The recent bull market creates more covered-calls as well as cash covered put sales. Market makers lower prices (and the skew) because they don’t want to hold inventories at higher premiums and their hedge of those positions help bolster the cycle.
Implied volatility (VIX) does NOT correctly reflect the market statisical outcome as [...]